JOHANNESBURG - South Africans have justified recent violence as a fight-back against Nigerians involved in crime.
Police confirmed at least five deaths and arrested almost 300 people after riots in Gauteng this week.
Roving groups attacked shops owned by African, but also locally owned businesses.
Some South Africans say the unrest is a fight against the selling of drugs by Nigerians. But Nigerians say we're giving them too much credit.
"There’s already a negative perception about Nigerians in this country. When I first came here in 2001 every South African that I met would say things about Nigeria. Whether they were white or black, they would link me to Yeoville. They would talk about drugs. It uses to be funny in the beginning but then I realised it’s not so funny," said Guild of Nigerians representative, Adetunji Omotola.
Omotola believes South African laws aren't strict enough.
Other immigrants, from the south of Nigeria, say they'd leave South Africa if the situation at home were to change.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the widespread attacks on foreign nationals, calling them unjustified.